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March 23, 2012

Welcome to the Futility Infielder, the website from south of the Mendoza Line, or as the San Jose Mercury News called it, "The scrappiest place on earth." This site will celebrate its 11th anniversary in April 2012 and is currently averaging over 1,500 page views per day.

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Now in a bookstore near you is Baseball Prospectus 2011, the 16th edition of the best-selling annual sabermetric bible, containing in-depth anaylsis of all 30 major league organizations and over 1,600 players. Also available is the paperback edition of It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over: the Baseball Prospectus Pennant Race Book, a fresh analytical look at some of the great races and the players who made them so interesting. I contributed six chapters to the book, including narratives covering the 1967 AL race (the Red Sox's "Impossible Dream" as they outlasted the Twins, Tigers, and White Sox) and the 1959 NL (the Dodgers' first win in L.A.), as well as chapters on the impact of superstars on a pennant race, outstanding rookies, replacement-level killers, and more. Read more about the book here and here.

On April 2, 2009, I appeared on New York City CW affiliate WPIX-TV's Morning Show along with colleague Steven Goldman to promote Baseball Prospectus 2009. You can see the clip of the appearance and read about my experience here.

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BASEBALL PROSPECTUS: Prospectus Hit and Run: the Life and Times of Buzzie Bavasi, Part One and Part Two
A lengthy look at the five-decade career of one of baseball's great movers and shakers, the recently deceased Buzzie Bavasi.

BASEBALL PROSPECTUS: Prospectus Hit and Run: Cooperstown Cases
Using JAWS to examine the Hall of Fame viability of several players recently in the news, including John Smoltz, Chipper Jones, Mike Mussina and Frank Thomas.

NEW YORK SUN: Homegrown Talent Name of Game Out West
A look at the great batch of youngsters playing for the Diamondbacks, Rockies and Dodgers and how they may figure in the 2008 NL West race.

BASEBALL PROSPECTUS: Prospectus Hit and Run: Smoked
Roger Clemens' attempt to clear his name in front of Congress backfired completely.

BASEBALL PROSPECTUS: 2008 Hall of Fame series
As usual, I wrote several articles covering the 2008 balloting, using JAWS to examine the candidates and exploring certain issues from other angles as well. The candidates were broken up into four groups: infielders, outfielders, starting pitchers and relievers. The voting results were dissected here, while the impact of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs was discussed here.

My debut, discussing JAWS and the Hall-worthiness of Tim Raines, the marquee newcomer to the 2008 ballot.

BASEBALL PROSPECTUS: Prospectus Hit and Run: Dis and Data
Dusting off James Click's Park Adjusted Defensive Efficiency to see what it tells us about the 2007 pennant winners.

NEW YORK SUN: Texas Holds a Fire Sale to Salvage Future
A look at the job Rangers GM Jon Daniels did in trading Mark Teixeira, Eric Gagne, and Kenny Lofton in the days leading up to the trading deadline.

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On March 16, 2005, I made my national TV debut on MSNBC's Connected Coast to Coast with Ron Reagan and Monica Crowley, representing the blogosphere on the topic of baseball and steroids. You can read about my experience here and here, and watch a clip here.

New in Spring 2010 from Maple Street Press is Dodgers 2010 Annual, a book of thought-provoking essays on the Big Blue Wrecking Crew, both past and present. Edited by Jon Weisman and featuring yours truly with an article on Manny Ramirez. Fun stuff!

Now on newsstands and available online is Fantasy Baseball Index 2010, your essential guide to winning in Rotisserie Baseball -- and featuring over 300 player capsules written by yours truly. Whether it's 4x4 or 5x5, draft or auction, the Index offers essential guidance and projections to help you prepare for the 2010 season.

Mind Game: How the Boston Red Sox
Got Smart, Won a World Series, and
Created a New Blueprint for Winning

Now in a bookstore near you is Will Carroll's
The Juice: The Real Story of Baseball's Drug Problems
, a book that delves into the heart of a controversial subject without drowning in the hype. I've contributed a lengthy chapter to the book analyzing the possibility that steroids have contributed to the offensive explosion of the past two decades. Don't miss it!